Nadal progresses to quarter-finals despite injury
Tennis world number two Rafael Nadal defeats Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-3, 6-1, advances to quarter-finals at Wimbledon.1 July 2008
MADRID - Spain's tennis world number two Rafael Nadal progressed to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon Monday, defeating 17th seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-3, 6-1.
An otherwise routine triumph for the number two seed was marred only by a painful slip during the second game, which left the Majorcan requiring on-court treatment for an injury to his right knee. Although visibly uncomfortable in the following game, Nadal recovered to brush aside the challenge of Youzhny, setting up a quarter-final clash with either Andy Murray or Richard Gasquet.
Nadal had reassuring words for his legions of fans after the Youzhny game. "I felt a little bit of pain and I was a little scared because I felt something crack, but it's fine now."
The other two remaining Spanish players in the men's draw had mixed fortunes on day seven of the tournament, but shared a common trait in their fourth-round matches - both Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano López required five sets for their ties to be decided.
López secured a rollercoaster 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6, 8-6 victory over Marcos Baghdatis after saving
three match points, and reaches the quarter-finals for the second time after losing at that stage to Lleyton Hewitt in 2005.
Mario Ancic overcame a feisty Verdasco 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11 in a marathon encounter on court 11. Ancic now faces defending champion Roger Federer in the last eight. The Croat was the last player to defeat the world number one at Wimbledon, in the first round of the 2002 Championships.
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